[28th March 2014]

AMB. OGUTU'S VISIT TO NAGANO PREFECTURE (27th - 28TH JANUARY 2014)

Front from front left-seated: Mr. P. Ndungu, H.E. Ambassador B.H.O. Ogutu, Governor Abe & Vice-Governor Kato

At the invitation of the Government of Nagano Prefecture, His Excellency Ambassador Ogutu made a two-day official visit to Nagano Prefecture from 27th to 28th January 2014 as the special guest of Governor Abe. During the visit, His Excellency the Ambassador paid the Courtesy Call on Governor Abe at the Nagano Prefectural Office. Apart from a warm welcome by Honorable Governor, Ambassador Ogutu had the opportunity meet the Honorable Vice-Governor, Hon. Kato and other senior executive officers of the Nagano Prefecture Government.

During his tour of the Nagano Prefecture, Amb. Ogutu discovered that the prefecture is located basically in the center of Japan where it enjoys a rich natural environment with mountains rising up to over 3,000 meters above sea level. The prefecture's forests cover 80% of land and not surprisingly, the prefecture boasts the longest living Japanese recorded in recent history. In 1998, the Nagano prefecture hosted the world's Winter Olympics in which a Kenyan athlete participated for first time ever.

In recent times, the Embassy and the Nagano prefecture have developed a close partnership based on culture exchanges and business interactions. In this regard, the visit was aimed at exploring opportunities for closer partnership with the prefecture in various fields especially in the area of Capacity building, Tourism promotion, business development and culture exchanges. One area that stood out during the visit was Agricultural technology. His Excellency the Ambassador was therefore conducted on a guided tour of an Animal Industry Experiment Station, a Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Experiment Station where he saw firsthand the immense possibility of bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Nagano Prefecture.

In the tour of the research stations, the Ambassador learnt that Nagano boasts some cutting-edge technologies for producing high quality beef and Chicken meat products with high value addition. The prefecture's vegetable production techniques as well as artificial breeding techniques could greatly upgrade Kenya's agricultural industry sector. Ambassador Ogutu therefore requested the prefecture to consider future exchange programmes for Kenyan students to equip them with new techniques of farming. The Embassy also promised to hold an exhibition at the Prefecture Office Lobby for 1 week from 3 to 7 March 2014 to introduce Kenya to the people of Nagoya.

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu with Governor Hon. Abe

To the right: The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu , To the left: Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u with officers from Nagano Prefecture Office

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu with Dr. Tojo, Director of Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u with Officers of Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u with Officers of Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station and experimental bull.

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u are observing Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u are observing facility of Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u at Laboratory room of Nagano Prefectural Livestock Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu and Minister Counsellor Mr. Ndung'u with Officers of Nagano Prefectural Vegetable and Floriculture Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu with Mr. Kitahara, Director of Nagano Prefectural Vegetable and Floriculture Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu with the Officer of Nagano Prefectural Vegetable and Floriculture Experiment Station

The Ambassador H.E. Ogutu observing facility of Nagano Prefectural Vegetable and Floriculture Experiment Station

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